Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 602
March 10, 2003

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 602
BID: $OPDX.602
March 10, 2003
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, W1JK, W2LO, WA2MOE, WB2RAJ, WA2VQW, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, KV4DT, KX4WW, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, N8BJQ, NE8Z, W8TTS, AA0MZ, 9K2HN, A35RK, DJ2MX, DJ7IK, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL2VFR & IOTA-POST, EA5RM, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G4TSH, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, I2YSB, JI6KVR, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA5ET, PY7ZY, PY8AZT, SP2FAP, SP9FIH, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK2SG RTTY DX Notes, VK3ZZ, VK4FW, VK8NSB, YB0DPO and ZP5AZL/ZP6Y for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd/March, through Sunday, 9th/March there were 229 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP6/d, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

9N, NEPAL. Bjorn "Hugo" Ark, LA5YJ, is once again active as 9N7YJ after a two week break to his home QTH in Vestre-Toten Kommune (county), in a town called Reinsvoll, located in western part of the area Oppland, South Eastern Norway. Hugo's length of stay in Kathmandu is unknown at this time (possibly through December). He is there on a mission for the U.N. Hugo has a better rig with him this time. He used a Kenwood TS-50 before and is now working with a Yaesu FT897 w/CW Collinsfilter, and 100 watts. He also has trap dipoles made by Rag, LA6FJA, for several bands now. This will allow him to be active on 160/80/40/30/20/17/12 meters. He plans to be active on 160 meters during the weekends. He will not be active on PSK31 or RTTY; however, someone has been active on the Digital modes and this is the work of a Pirate. QSNs show to look for him on 10103 kHz on various times throughout the day (betweeb 1230 and 1830z; even as late as 0030z), 7003 kHz at 1600z and 3503 kHz between 2300-0100z. Hugo will try to get access to a linear which may be availble later. No QSLs via the bureau. QSL only direct with 2 USD/2 Euro or valid IRCs to: Bjorn Hugo Ark, Rute 504- Paulsrud, NO-2840 Reinsvoll, NORWAY. PLEASE NOTE: Hugo will not answer any QSL requests until he returns home. He has answered some QSL requests (for his activity between November 2002 and February 10th) when he was home during his 2 week break.

A35KB QRT!. Paul Kidd, A35RK, informs OPDX that he hasn't heard Father Kevin Burke, A35KB, on the air for some time, so last week Paul telephoned him. Father Kevin told Paul he is fine and in good health. However, Father Kevin states he is very very busy with his duties as parish priest on the Island of Eua, and is no longer able to operate on the radio. He has allowed his license to expire, his station is dismantled, he has no intention of getting back on the air any time soon, and he can no longer respond to QSL requests. Paul states, "So, if you were hoping for a contact with Father Kevin, or if you were hoping to receive his QSL card, then I'm afraid that you are simply out of luck.....he's just too busy to deal with ham radio."

A3, TONGA. Janusz, SP9FIH, informs OPDX that he will be active from here March 19th through April 14th. He does have verbal permission to operate, and his license will be given to him after arrival on the island. Activity will be on 80-10 meters including the WARC Bands on SSB. He will use 100 watts into a HF9V antenna and wire verticals. Janusz states he plans to make 12000 to 15000 QSOs. QSL Manager will be SP9FIH: P.O. Box 480, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland.

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operation has been approved for DXCC credit: TT8ZZ - Activity from Chad between September 24, 2002 to November 8, 2002

FM, MARTINIQUE. Joachim Gilbert, FM5FJ, states he will be active in the CQ WPX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Single Band (15m) entry. QSL via KU9C.

FO/M, MARQUESAS ISLAND (Update to OPDX.597). Silvano, I2YSB, informs OPDX the dates for the DXpedition to the Marquesas are April 25th to May 9th. The details on their schedule can be found on the Web page at: http://digilander.libero.it/i2ysb/ There will be 3 stations active on HF and one on 50 MHz. The beacon on 50105 MHz band will be active every hour and every half hour for 5 minutes. Their callsign at the moment is still not yet known.

FS & VP2E, SAINT MARTIN AND ANGUILLA. Nigel, G3TXF, is planning to be active from Anguilla (VP2E) using his old callsign of VP2EN from Thursday, March 6th through Wednesday, March 12th. He was expected to be active in this past weekend's RSGB's Commonwealth Contest (March 8-9th) using 100w to a vertical antenna. During the period of Thursday, March 13th through Tuesday, March 18th, Nigel hopes to operate on a number of occasions as FS/G3TXF/p from Tintamarre Island (NA-199). These are likely to be daytime only operations from about 1400-2200z. He will try to "stick to the zeroes" (i.e.: 14030 or 14040, 18080 or 18090, 21030 or 21040, 24900 or 24910 and 28030 or 28040). Both operations will be CW only. QSL via G3TXF. For more details, visit: http://www.G3TXF.com

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Pascal, F5RZJ, will be active from here as HB0/F5RZJ/p, March 15-16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. Pascal will be using only 100 watts into a HF6V antenna. QSL via his home callsign. For direct QSLing, use the following address: Pascal Sotty, Grand Champ, F-71130 Chassy, FRANCE.

HH4, HAITI (Update). The HH4 Team Haiti 2003 plans to be active from the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission about 2300z on March 10th. K3VN had to drop from the team due to work commitments, but has been replaced by another Florida DXPedition Group (FDXPG) member, Bob, HH4/K9MDO. The rest of the team is the same: Jan, HH4/K4QD; Bill/W4WX, and William/N2WB. The team plans to try to upload the logs once or twice over the next two weeks. Look for the team as a Multi-Single entry in the BARTG Contest next weekend using HH4/K4QD. Check the Team Haiti website at: http://www.geocities.com/n2wb2003/

HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Operators Rafael/HI8ROX, HI3HCE, Carlo/HI3CCP and Teodosio/HI3TEJ will be active as HI3CCP in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Single entry. QSL via AD4Z.

IOTA NEWS......................

OH0, ALAND ISLANDS. Operators Claus/DF8QJ Marvin/DL2VB, Mike/DK6QW, DG1YTF and Reinhard/DL6YFB will be active as OH0/DF8QJ, OH0/DL2VB, OH0/DK6QW, OH0/DG1YTF and OH0/DL6YFB from April 19-25th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters including the WARC bands on CW/SSB/RTTY. QSL via their homecalls.

OOPPPPSSS DEPARTMENT. OPDX forgot to mention under "TM5/TO5, MARTINIQUE." that Al, F5VHJ, who was active as TM5A in last week's ARRL SSB Contest and will also be active in the upcoming CQ WPX Phone Contest, is in France. Actually, the heading should have read: "TM5/TO5, FRANCE AND MARTINIQUE." (Sorry for the confusion.)

OY, FAROE ISLANDS (LLDXT DXpedition Update). Rob, PA5ET, informs OPDX that the team has received confirmation from the Faroer Telecom Department and that the following callsigns can use:

     OY7ET operator PA5ET           OY7WB operator AK0A
     OY7QA operator PA3FQA          OY7WP operator PA3EWP
     OY7TW operator GM4FDM
     OY8PA for 80/160 meters, digital modes and the WPX Contest

Their activity will take place between March 24th and April 3rd. They will have 3 stations with amps active. One will be dedicated to the digital modes. During their dark periods, they will mainly be active on 80 and 160 meters. Rob states, "You can expect lots of digital mode activity on the WARC bands, so this is your change to fill the OY gaps on all bands and modes." All QSLs will be handled by the LLDXT QSL Manager PA5ET: Rob Snieder, Van Leeuwenstraat 137, 2273 VS Voorburg, The Netherlands. They are currently investigating if they can make use of an Internet Cafe or local Hams to upload the logs on a daily basis. The latest information can be found soon on the LLDXT Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/lldxt/

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Steve/N8BJQ and Bob/N8NR will be active from Curacao during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th), as PJ2T and PJ2C, respectively. Both will probably be a Single-Op/Single Band entry (one on 10 meters and the other on 15 meters, depending on the conditions). The operators will be on vacation there and will arrive on the island late Tuesday, March 25th, so they don't know how much operating they will do outside of the contest. Steve told OPDX, "I hopes to get a little low band and WARC band CW stuff in before the contest. I'm sure Bob will also get on a bit and do likewise." QSL both contest operations via N9AG.

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................

RE-ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2003. Members of the Northern Ohio DX Association have re-elected the following individuals for May 2003 through May 2004:

RSGB IOTA CONTEST 2002 (Results). Justin, G4TSH, reports that the results listings for the RSGB 2002 IOTA Contest are now available for viewing at: http://www.rsgbhfcc.org

S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Toni, EA5RM, URE Magazine's DX Editor and EADX Bulletin Editor, informs OPDX that almost everything is ready for the upcoming "Sahara 2003 Dxpedition". He states to look for the first press release to be sent out at the end of the week.

SILENT KEY. It has been reported by the Russian Robinson Newsletter that Vladimir Lukjanchuk, RX3DQU (RRC #629), has died in the plane crash on March 1st. As a "Robinson" member, Vladimir may be well known for his participation and activation of several Russian Robinson Award (RRA) Islands. OPDX and its readers would like to send out their deepest sympathy to Vladimir's family and friends.

SOUTH AMERICAN TRIP. Dr. Rick, NE8Z, informs OPDX that from March 14-30th, that he will be operating from various locations in Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil with the following callsigns:

No specific dates were provided, but Dr. Rick will use a TS-50s with an Outbacker TriSplit antenna. Operations will be on 40-10 meters CW (with most of the activity on WARC bands). QSL via NE8Z: Dr. Rick Dorsch, P.O. Box 616, Hamburg, MI 48139 USA.

ST, SUDAN. Look for Claudio, IV3OWC, to operate as ST2CF (not ST1C as previously announced) from March 16-31st. His activity will include an entry in the CQ WPX SSB Contest. QSL direct only via home call.

SUDAN PIRATE. Reports indicate that the QSL Manager Claudio, IV3OWC, is stating that Nobili, ST1MN, operations at this point are those of a pirate. In fact, this callsign has indeed been issued and that activity is anticipated, but the real ST1MN has no time for radio now (per IV3OWC).

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Mike/WA2VQW and Rob/WB2NVR, members of the W2RZS Radio Club, will be active from the Providenciales (NA-002) during the CQ WPX SSB Contest as VP5RZS (contest callsign), and will be active before and after the contest as VP5/W2RZS and VP5/homecalls. They are scheduled to be there from March 27th until April 1st. They expect to be active on 160-10 meters and possibly on 6 meters as well. There will be WARC band activity before and after the contest. QSL via their home callsigns through the bureau or direct. All cards will be answered in the manner in which they are received. Please remember to use SASE, etc....if sending direct. WB2NVR collects stamps, so overseas direct mail bearing postage stamps will be an added plus for him.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Operators William/KX4WW, Bruce/W4OV and Charles/W4SAA will be active as VP5WW during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Bill, KX4WW, informs OPDX that he will be there from March 24th-April 2nd. The other operators will be down there for a shorter stay. Outside of the contest, look for activity on most HF bands both CW/SSB. QSL via KX4WW.

VP6/D, DUCIE ISLAND. It seems the Ducie Island DXpedition began a little before 0001z, Sunday March 9th. The callsign they are using is VP6DIA. It was announced late last week the following suggested frequencies will be used:

   CW - 1826.5, 3507 and 7007 kHz (listen up per instructions)
        10102 or 10124 kHz (listen up per instructions)
        14020, 18070, 21020, 24900 and 28020 kHz (listen up 9 kHz on all)
        Up 9 allows other DX to transmit in the DX edge.
  SSB - 3793 and 7070 kHz (listen up per instructions)
        14195 kHz listening up on 14215 kHz (+), allows U.S. Generals
                  stations to call on 14225 and up
        18130 kHz listening up on 18140 kHz
        21295 kHz listening up on 21305 kHz
        24950 kHz listening up on 24955 kHz
        28445 kHz listening up on 28455 kHz(allows U.S. Technicians to call)
 RTTY - 21080 kHz listening up on 21100-21120 kHz (as a primary band as
                   long as there is demand)
        14080 kHz listening up on 14085 kHz (as a second band)
50 MHz - 50110 kHz SSB/CW on operators instruction. A beacon will be
          there 24 hours.

Remember to QSL via JR2KDN: Yuichi Yoshida, 4F Kato Building, 529 Rokugaike, Kita-Ku, Nagoya 462-0002, Japan. The URL address for pilot station's bulletins are at: http://www.qsl.net/aa0mz/ducie2.htm There is also a link there to the official web site which has, among other things,the log. The official web site is at: http://www.qsl.net/wd4ngb/ducie.htm

WARD 2003 AWARD. The "World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) 2003 Award" is devoted to commemorate the World Amateur Radio Day celebrated by the IARU on April 18th each year. The theme for the 2003 WARD is "Amateur Radio Supporting Technology Education in the Classroom". It is issued by the MK QTC - Polish Amateur's Radio Journal with PZK (Polish Amateur Radio Union) support. The WARD Award is available for at least the following number of contacts: 10 QSOs on HF bands or 5 QSOs on VHF bands. All contacts must be made on April 18th between 0000 and 2400z. A standard application form including the list of QSOs should be sent before May 31, 2003 to: Redakcja MK QTC, ul. Wielmozy 5b, 82-337 Suchacz-Zamek, Poland. The price of the WARD Award is 5 USD or 5 Euro. This is a full color award, sized 210 x 297mm. The WARD Award is available also for the same amounts of SWL reports. Any questions can be sent to: qtc@post.pl

WEB SITE AND INVITATION. Stuart, VK8NSB, President of the Darwin Amateur Radio Club, announces that their club is now online with Web pages located at: http://www.vkham.com/vk8da/ The Darwin Amateur Club welcomes all visitors to the Northern Territory Australia. Their meetings are on Wednesday nights starting at 1930 local time. For more infomation, please feel free to contact Stuie at: vk8nsb@octa4.net.au

YU8, THE STATE UNION OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO. Andy, 9X0A, was heard this past week signing YU8/9X0A from Kosovo. The length of his activity is unknown. He was heard on 17/12 meters 1230 and 1630z. Watch 18130, 18144 and 24964 kHz. Also, watch 20 meters CW/SSB after 0600z. QSL via UA3DX.

ZP40, PARAGUAY (Attention Prefix Hunters). Tom/ZP5AZL/ZP6Y and Jorge/CX6VM will operate from Tom's station in the CQWPX SSB Contest as a Multi/Single/ High Power entry using the special callsign as ZP40Z. QSL via W3HNK.

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